The Med at La Valencia Hotel
The Med at La Valencia Hotel

The Med at La Valencia Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lavalencia.com/
  • Phone: 858-551-3761x
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST: Monday - Saturday 6:30 am -11:00 am
    Sunday 6:30 am - 10:30 am;

    BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

    LUNCH: Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Barron
  • Dress Code: Resort Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Entertainment in La Sala Lounge: Wednesday - Saturday 6pm - 9pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Herschel
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 2 hour street parking is available throughout the La Jolla Village.
    Valet is located on Prospect street in front of the Hotel.
A word from The Med at La Valencia Hotel
La Valencia’s signature “Great Room” restaurant reminiscent of a villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea - this tile frescoed dining room with a grand fireplace is flanked by French doors to a sunny garden patio and canopied trellis arbor and by expansive windows framing the coastline and surf of the Pacific Ocean and Scripps Park. With its 7th floor terrace, adjacent to La V’s signature La Sala Lounge, The MED features al fresco ocean dining overlooking La V’s colorful gardens, sparkling pool and scenic coastline.

New American cuisine takes prized inspiration from the melting pot of American culture and diversity. Executive Chef James Montejano uses inspiring preparations and techniques to prepare the fresh and abundant bounty found in California’s farms rich with sustainable and organic providers. The seasonal fare is a captivating collection of familiar and unfamiliar dishes with unexpected ingredients served against the backdrop of the California coastline.
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The Med at La Valencia Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (36)great for outdoor dining (28)romantic (22)great for brunch (17)special occasion (17)great for lunch (17)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • A Gem in the Jewel
    carrieVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Having brunch at the La Valencia is surely a most delightful way to begin the New Year! Each dish was more than delicious - When we thought it couldn't get any better - the Lobster bisque was served and oh brother - hang a star on that one as they say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old friends reuniting over
    BackInLaJolla
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Old friends reuniting over a late breakfast - the perfect spot. A great view, fabulous food and our servers let us talk and talk and always appeared at just the right time to take our order or provide more coffee.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly, the service we received
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Sadly, the service we received was horrendous. Our original waiter disappeared, our order was incorrect and the remaining staff ignored our table. Will never eat here again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have eaten at La Valencia
    Pben
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    I have eaten at La Valencia numerous times. The food, including dessert was marginal. I will not be returning and it was my favorite San Diego restaurant. Overpriced considering the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas at a La Jolla Landmark
    Cindy
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    For our holiday dinner at The Med we arrived early to enjoy a cocktail in the lobby bar, complete with a real-life lounge singer. Very talented and seeking requests. Sound was perfect and we could hear ourselves talk. Moved to The Med for dinner and were seated in front of the fireplace. It pays to book early via Open Table for extra special touches. Warm and cozy and at a round table perfect for conversation. Starter was beet salad. Sooo good I could have eaten two. The filet mignon was melt in your mouth perfect. Scallops were a small portion, but very good. Chocolate chip bread pudding was plenty for 3 light eaters to share. Service was attentive, yet not pushy. They let us linger. We'll be back for summer dining al fresco in The Med.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch
    LizBVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    The food was fantastic but the portions were out of control. They could, and should, be scaled down greatly. We opted for the a la carte option (1 entree and 1 side) and it was more than enough for 2 people (ie: too much). Had we opted for the brunch (1 starter, 1 entree, a pastry, and dessert), we would have been overwhelmed and the quality of the food would have gotten lost in the enormity of the portions. The view is fantastic when dining on the outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I stayed La Valancia on 12/07
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    I stayed La Valancia on 12/07 for a night and had a dinner with my wife for our anniversary. However, the restaurant is too noisy for the party for over 30 people and my table was just next to the kitchen. I disappointed this situation very much. If you have dinner party. you should tell me when I made reservation. I believed the La Vaencia is first class 5 Star hotel in Sandiego area but I will not come back again.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fabulous experience
    Davis
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The food, the view, the service - A+. I have been dining here for many, many years, and it is always a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a good experience.
    Runner50
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Overall a good experience. They were a little short on waitresses and so a little slow on service. The online site did not really explain that the Oceanview Room was an outside patio experience. We were able to switch to an indoor restaurant called The Med Room. A little too cool for outside right now. That needs to be better noted in the write-up. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing over all
    Rosie
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The scallops and salmon were excellent, but two steaks were definitely over cooked. The olive oil cake was over baked and dry, the drinks exceptionally expensive, and the service slow and inefficient. For years, The La Valencia has been one of our favorites, but we won't be going back any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thank you from the McGrath party(6)
    McGrath
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    My thanks to Jeff and staff for allowing us a special reunion of cousins from San Diego and Australia! We could not have felt more indulged and, as the last to leave, we so appreciate the ability to have had the time to linger, laugh and enjoy such special ambiance. Jeff' went out of his way to accommodate a memorable evening for my family, our friendly and capable waitress was superb. The menu was varied and the food outstanding - salmon was delicious, filet mignon cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the few quiet restaurants
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    We selected the Mediterranean because we had out of town guests and wanted to have a quiet place for conversation. We could not have had a better environment - nice round table for 5 next to a lovely fireplace. The dining room was surprisingly empty on a Thursday evening, especially with such a nice menu and excellent service. The bar was packed and lively. Two of our guests were vegetarians and there were several good choices. The lobster bisque was fabulous, also the scallops. All dishes were beautifully presented and the wine lise was excellent and well priced. We had a great time and would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality not quantity, with a view!
    Yogi
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Service was outstanding and sitting outside overlooking the ocean view was relaxing and private. The appetizer of crab cake was so small I really couldn't ever share a bite! The beef entree was delicious but more than enough for 2. I was looking forward to the Oreo cheesecake but it was no bigger than a cake pop. My friend did better with delicious and ample Brussels sprouts appetizer, great salmon, and creme brulle. Wine was same price for 1drink as for equal in a bottle. I would go back and order off the regular menu next time but it was a nice experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Menu
    Dick
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    We visited 6 restaurants this week and this was the BEST Restaurant Week menu provided! So many choices and such great choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    Bchlvr
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Service couldn't have been better! Food was great up to the desserts. Quite a let down for 2 of 3, but the Crème Brulee was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our dining experience was
    meiser
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Our dining experience was lovely. There was a classical pianist playing all evening, the maitre d gave us an additional appetizer to try compliments of the house which was very nice. Service was good, atmosphere was very pleasant outside overlooking the La Jolla Cove.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ehhh....
    awesomeVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    View is spectacular, but the lunch wasn't wanting special.. I got the cubano sandwich ate a few bite, but didn't finish it. It was just blah
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Breakfast
    SnowellenVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    The huevos rancheros were about the best I've had.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the greatest ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    there is some major construction going on at the hotel . It really detracts from the restaurant ambiance. In fact we were 2 of the only people dining at the restaurant. The food was good but there was not much selection on the menu. I would return to La Valencia until they are done remodeling.
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  • Always Excellent
    Local
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    Never disappoints. Best view in La Jolla, great food and extraordinary service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Endless ocean view and great food
    Local
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Endless ocean view and great food. Always try to sit at the very end table on the terrace. My favorite place in all of San Diego.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    Beautiful scenery often comes with lackluster service or cuisine. Not so here. Everything was terrific, especially the paella. Will come again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch overlooking the cove
    SRFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Outstanding lunch over looking the cove in La Jolla. The English pea soup with dungeness crab was fabulous as wa the lobester salad and the Reuben all washed down with a some nice Foley Chardonnay and some Alsatian Riesling. Great service, great food great view. Not inexpensive but this is a million dollar view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary meal
    Origiinaldiscokid
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    Really nice food, but the old-school service is what sets this place apart. George, our waiter, was a great problem-solver, and we were cared for hand-and-foot. Anniversary meal, so we were greeted by champagne and ended with a chocolate torte, both on the house. A wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Currently under construction.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    Currently under construction. So, it was a bit disorganized, noisy and seemed understaffed. Service was very slow. Food portions were "modest". I had guests visiting from Canada, and they had looked forward to coming to this iconic landmark. So, overall, they the experience did not meet their expectations. I am sure it improve after their remodel.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While the patio is being renovated,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    While the patio is being renovated, dining on the ocean terrace is somewhat cramped, and service is slow at peak times. We were there for Sunday brunch. Best to go at a quieter time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for mothers day brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We went for mothers day brunch as we have for several years. This year was truly a disappointment and turned what was becoming a tradition into the last time. The brunch buffet was suitable for a holiday inn. That should say it all. In years past is was worth the pricy $85 per person. this year was a 12.95 version. They should be run out of town!
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  • Great lunch experience with a view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Delightful Lunch! Great experience, excellent view. Food and service exquisit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I was expecting
    TymetoeatVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Bad layout, can't watch live music while eating, only hear a loy of loud noise. The waiter delivered a bread bowl to the table next to us and removed the last peice of bread from the bowl with his hand and put it in their new bowl of bread. Took 20 minutes before we had water on our table. Scallops were very fishy (the took off the bill). The linen napkin that was on my setting looked like it went 12 rounds with a pitbull, I had them bring a new one. The heat lamps outside are more for show as they do not hold back the cold air that blows quite hard on the patio seating area (the closest that you can sit to the music). The steak I ordered was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A requisite indulgence!
    MzCandaceVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    The service, cuisine, stunning view, and attention while dining at The Mediterranean, is a pleasurable experience, not to be missed. Locals and guests are in for a truly luxurious experience. The staffs' attention, makes luncheon a seemingly, effortless bliss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always beautiful. Always good
    StephanieVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    Always beautiful. Always good food, well served. Always quite expensive, but worth it for the quintessential old La Jolla experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very bad. Almost
    Mcdewey
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Food was very bad. Almost couldn't eat it. Chairs in dinning room are falling apart.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    one of the great sunday brunch spots, ahh the dessert buffet, and what a view!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely view. Good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    The food and service were good. View was outstanding. The dining room was very quiet, which was pleasant, but it was a little sad that there were so few diners. The bar down the hall was hopping.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We chose La Valencia because
    StephanieVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    We chose La Valencia because it seemed like the perfect place to have breakfast with some out of town family members -- beautiful, serene, elegant and sure to have fine food and great service. Everything was indeed perfect, except for the serene part. The construction (and destruction) of the famous and beloved Whaling Bar was sad to be around, and a huge noisy table of about 15 energetic and boisterous Brazilians (is there any other kind?) was sort of holding the dining room hostage. No one could hear anything, and even the waiters and hostess said they couldn't hear themselves think.... The hotel is under new ownership and they are making changes (even the oatmeal doesn't come with fresh berries anymore).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Saturday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    What a lovely evening we had at The Mediterranean! I love The Valencia! Great server 'Brittanny'.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 35th anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Excellent experience for our 35th anniversary. The staff was attentive to our needs and very welcoming. The food was fantastic and presentation was nice. I would highly recommend the Mediterranean restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Mediterranean was truly
    PWdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    The Mediterranean was truly marvelous. They reserved a view table right next to the window as I requested. We were celebrating a special birthday, so our dessert was decorated with a nice message. Our waiter was attentive without being overbearing; his recommendations on food and wine were spot-on! Thank you for making our special occasion a luncheon to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service, Food and Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    We had another great dining experience at The Mediterranean on Sunday night. 5 stars for meeting and exceeding our expectations. We got spoiled by the filet mignon the first time we ate diner here so we had to have it again. The service, the atmosphere and the food were all wonderful. It's a warm, friendly,inviting and very comfortable place to have dinner - we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place
    Rupee
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Nice food, quiet place, very good feel inside and service was awesome. A bit pricey but very good to entertain good friends and family
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet